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RACE WINNER STREATHER HEADING TO SILVERSTONE CONFIDENT OF UPTURN IN FORTUNES

Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire hosts the penultimate event of the Renault UK Clio Cup season this weekend, 17th/18th September, where race-winning driver Paul Streather is confident of experiencing an upturn in recent fortunes.

Having made the best possible start to the campaign back in April at Brands Hatch with a stunning opening round victory, and coming close to another podium finish next time out at Donington Park, the series rookie has been plagued by some major misfortune since.

The bad luck reached its nadir for his Finesse Motorsport team last time out at Rockingham where the entire race weekend was compromised. Starting with a badly misted windscreen for Streather in the first race, resulting in a costly pit stop, in the second contest he was caught-up in the aftermath of an incident not of his making which again spoiled any hopes of a strong finish.

One positive constant throughout the season, though, has been Streather’s racecraft and tenacity as he has battled the odds with some very strong points finishes. To that end, the Hinckley driver has been able to maintain a top six placing in the championship and he intends to make Rockingham a distant memory when the Clio Cup returns to action at the weekend.

“Silverstone can’t come soon enough to be honest”, said the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications supported racer, “We want to put Rockingham behind us and get back in the fight for the podium, we know we’ve got the pace to do that it’s just a question of things coming together.

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UNBELIEVABLE INCIDENT-PACKED ROCKINGHAM WEEKEND STUNS STREATHER AND FINESSE

  • Clio Cup racer Paul Streather aghast after ‘weekend to forget’ 
  • Impressive top five practice pace unrewarded during luckless races
  • Streather holds on to sixth in championship despite dramas 

Leading Renault UK Clio Cup racer Paul Streather endured his most frustrating, and luckless, outing of the 2016 season at Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th August, after encountering nothing but misfortune.

Despite a strong start to the seventh event of the season, with the Finesse Motorsport driver delivering impressive top five pace in pre-event practice, everything came unravelled in the weekend’s two races where absolutely dreadful misfortune ruined any hope of a consistently strong points haul.

Torrential rain on Saturday afternoon, coupled with warm temperatures, resulted in a badly misted windscreen for Streather’s Clio on the opening lap of race one and following a costly pit-stop to clear the problem he ultimately finished in a very uncharacteristic 14th position. 

In the televised second race on Sunday, he was bundled off the track at Chapman Curve on lap one as multi-car contact to his right resulted in a car rolling into his path and forcing him off the track across the grass. Recovering to the pits, Streather’s damaged Clio did make it back into the race and he went on to finish in 15th place but a lap down on the leaders.

It wasn’t just on-track incident either which turned the Rockingham weekend into one to forget for Finesse – high winds on Saturday resulted in an awning from another team being swept into the air, before landing on the Finesse team race transporter, causing damage to the cab unit!

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QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS KEY FOR RACE WINNER STREATHER AS CLIO CUP HEADS TO ROCKINGHAM

One month since the Renault UK Clio Cup was last in action, the fast-paced championship is preparing to resume at Rockingham in Northamptonshire this coming weekend, 27th/28th August, where race winner Paul Streather is eyeing something of a late-season resurgence.

Setting his sights on an overdue podium challenge in the high-profile Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship feeder category, the 27-year-old Finesse Motorsport driver is placing full focus on qualifying performance which, in recent rounds, has been an Achilles Heel.

Streather, of course, started the 2016 season fantastically well during the championship curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch in early April when the rapid Renault UK Clio Cup rookie scorched to an outstanding race victory in the first race of the season.

Although racking up healthy points scores during each of the subsequent race meetings, his challenge has been impacted on two fronts – illness at Oulton Park in June seriously undermined his competitiveness and unrepresentative qualifying outcomes have left a huge amount of hard work to do in the races.

Even so, the Leicestershire driver goes into rounds 13 and 14 of the 18-race season still inside the coveted championship top six and only 27 points outside the top four. With the clear race pace to be back in among the podium positions at Rockingham, silverware is the target at the Corby venue.

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TOP SIX BEST FOR STREATHER AND FINESSE IN CLIO CUP AT SNETTERTON

Finesse Motorsport driver Paul Streather raced to a best finish of sixth place at the team’s home track, Snetterton 300 Circuit, on Sunday, 31st July, as the second half of the Renault UK Clio Cup season got underway with two robust and action-packed contests.

Racing to his seventh top six result of the season in round 12, Streather had a tougher time of things in round 11 earlier in the day when a lower than expected starting position was compounded by a five second time penalty for a perceived track limits infringement – he ended the race in 13th position. 

Even so, the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications-backed driver maintained sixth position in the championship standings and goes into the four week break ahead of the next event at Rockingham within 27 points of the series top four. In the team standings, Finesse also holds sixth place.

“It’s not been a bad weekend, not what we wanted as we know we’ve got the pace for the podium, but sixth in race two was OK”, reflected team principal Neil Giddings, “Qualifying went wrong with the weather and on the one lap Paul had to do a good time, he was blocked. It was an uphill battle from there but at least we took some points away.”

Changeable conditions in qualifying on Saturday, 30th July, proved problematic for Streather when rain started to fall as he went out on slick tyres. As the track then dried out later on, he had one lap with which to try and set a representative time but he was badly baulked by another driver and ended the session 14th fastest.

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STREATHER TARGETING CLIO CUP SILVERWARE AS SEASON RESUMES AT SNETTERTON

Race-winning Renault UK Clio Cup driver Paul Streather is determined to produce the strongest possible performance when the championship resumes after its long summer break this coming weekend, 30th/31st July, at the Finesse Motorsport team's home track – Snetterton 300 Circuit in East Anglia.

The round one victor, who resides in Hinckley in Leicestershire, has his sights set on podium success for the Wisbech-based team during rounds 11 and 12 of the campaign, the sixth event of the 2016 championship.

For Streather, Vice-Champion of the club-level Michelin Clio Cup Series last year, the resumption of his first full season on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support package in the blue riband Renault UK Clio Cup provides the opportunity to get his year fully back on track as he aims to climb back up from sixth in the standings.

Encountering a challenging event at Thruxton back in May, Streather’s bid took another knock at Oulton Park in June when illness almost prevented him from taking part in the weekend’s action. Hitting back with sixth and fifth place results last time out at Croft, following great drives through the order, the 27-year-old is now fighting fit and seeking nothing less than a podium return.

“I’m feeling 100% now and had a nice holiday, so we’re raring to go”, he commented, “We’ve got a few things we know we want to work on, especially qualifying as that hasn’t been my strong point. In the races we always do much better, like at Croft before the break when we came through from 14th and ninth to sixth and fifth – that was as much as I could have asked for there.

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COMPETITIVE CROFT WEEKEND FOR STREATHER WITH DOUBLE TOP SIX IN CLIO CUP

Renault UK Clio Cup front-runner Paul Streather produced two highly competitive showings at Croft Circuit near Darlington over the weekend, 18th/19th June, with a very healthy haul of championship points maintaining his position in the series top six.

The category race winner, who was determined to bounce back from a troubling virus which derailed his Oulton Park weekend a fortnight ago, sliced through the order in round nine on Saturday from 14th on the grid – a result of being badly baulked in qualifying – to post an excellent top six result. He backed that up with another sixth place in the televised second contest on Sunday.

Qualifying proved frustrating for Streather and the Finesse Motorsport team with the significant impact of traffic. Having both of his quickest laps badly hindered, Streather had to settle for a spot on the seventh row for race one.

Making a good start to the opening contest, the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications-backed racer sensationally scythed his way into ninth position through the first few turns with great awareness. 

Continuing to make progress, on lap eight at Clervaux he moved past Senna Proctor into the top eight and Streather then grabbed seventh too. His excellent rise into the top six was complete when Charlie Ladell had an excursion and Streather held position to the chequered flag on lap 12 to cap a very strong performance.

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STREATHER HUNGRIER THAN EVER FOR PODIUM RETURN AS CLIO CUP VISITS CROFT

Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire will be the venue for the fifth event of the Renault UK Clio Cup season this coming weekend, 18th/19th June, where category front-runner Paul Streather is determined to make an overdue return to the podium.

Just a week ago at Oulton Park, Streather and the Finesse Motorsport team hoped to mount a challenge for silverware but illness for Streather resulted in a somewhat muted outing for the round one victor who, at one stage, wasn’t certain to compete.

Ahead of rounds nine and 10 of the campaign, the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications backed racer wants nothing less than podium success as he aims to climb back up the championship standings from his current placing of sixth – at this point, though, he is still feeling particularly under the weather.

“If I’m better I’ll be going as hard as I can”, said Streather, “I haven’t done a great deal at Croft before but I’m hoping we can get back where we should be. We knew what Thruxton would be, but I was really disappointed by Oulton. I couldn’t tell the team how I wanted the car as my concentration was so off because of how I felt. If I’m fighting fit at the weekend, I’ll be fighting from the front!”

Looking forward to the Croft double-header, team principal Neil Giddings said: “We’re going all out to get back on the podium at the weekend, hopefully Paul is going to be feeling 100% and, if he is, we know he’ll be back at the sharp end."

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CLIO CUP RACER STREATHER BATTLES ILLNESS TO TAKE AWAY IMPORTANT POINTS AT OULTON

Renault UK Clio Cup racer Paul Streather battled illness throughout the fourth event of the season at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the weekend, 4th/5th June, to secure two very important points finishes for Finesse Motorsport in rounds seven and eight.

Suffering from a major sickness bug prior to the race meeting and through the event itself, the category race winner felt extremely under the weather. Understandably impacting his level of performance, the AVW Fabrications and Michael Smith Switchgear-backed driver refused to give in and posted a best finish of ninth in race two.

Beginning Saturday's race from 15th on the grid, Streather did lose a couple of positions initially but delivered a determined performance even though his sickness almost prevented him from taking the start. By lap five, he was back into the top 15 and on lap eight he climbed into 13th position where he stayed to the flag on lap 12.

For round eight on Sunday afternoon, in very warm conditions, Streather did feel slightly better and his performance confirmed as much. Running as part of an increasingly tight five car train for the bulk of the contest, the Finesse driver was shadowed by team-mate Jake Giddings and ultimately ended the race in a weekend-best ninth position.

“I’m disappointed I felt so ill all weekend", reflected Streather, "On Friday I was really bad, the pace was there in the car but as the day went on my body gave up and I went slower and slower. Saturday was the same, I just wanted to throw up every time I was in the car. I wasn’t anywhere near 100% for race two, but it was the best I’d felt all weekend and we’ve come away with some points – damage limitation really.”

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STREATHER AIMING TO REIGNITE CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE AS CLIO CUP RETURNS TO ACTION AT PICTURESQUE OULTON PARK

Leicestershire racing driver Paul Streather is focused on nothing less than a return to the podium at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire next weekend, 4th/5th June, when the Renault UK Clio Cup resumes after a four week break.

Despite a trying outing at Thruxton in Hampshire last time out, the Hinckley-based Finesse Motorsport driver still came away from the event with a top six result and departed the high-speed Andover track fifth in the championship.

Oulton’s undulating 2.2-mile track is one Streather is greatly looking forward to and he is determined to battle for silverware in rounds seven and eight. Already a race winner in his first season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category, Streather also has one other podium to his credit in 2016.

As during the previous event, the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications-backed racer will form part of a three-car entry alongside regular team-mate Daniel Rowbottom and Jake Giddings - the latter, who ordinarily competes in British GT, set to make his second appearance of the campaign in the Clio Cup.

“Oulton’s a great track, always a fantastic place for Clio racing, and we’re going there aiming to be back at the front”, said Finesse team principal Neil Giddings, “It’s unfortunate the way Thruxton turned out but that’s in the past, we’re all focused on Oulton and moving back up the championship.

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TOUGH THRUXTON WEEKEND PROVES FRUSTRATING FOR CLIO CUP FRONT-RUNNER STREATHER

Finesse Motorsport’s Paul Streather encountered his most challenging outing of the Renault UK Clio Cup season at a sun bathed Thruxton over the weekend, 7th/8th May, with the front-running title contender forced to settle for a best finish of sixth place in the event’s second contest.

Added to a highly exasperating 15th position from round five, a result of contact early-on during the opening encounter which lost Streather a lot of ground, he has unfortunately slipped from second to fifth in the championship but is still just 13 points shy of the top three.

Qualifying on Saturday afternoon set the scene for a tough weekend, Streather and team-mates Daniel Rowbottom and Jake Giddings not able to work together as intended on track to generate the necessary ‘tow’ to secure lofty grid positions at the fastest track on the calendar.

Streather lined-up on the sixth row for round five and moved up into 11th position on the opening lap but his progress was halted at the end of lap two when he was tagged from behind on entry to the chicane, dropping his Clio back to 19th place as a result.

Following a Safety Car period, required after a heavy excursion for Dan Zelos, racing resumed on lap nine and Streather was able to move back up into the top 15 prior to the red flags being shown after a two-car tangle at the chicane.

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